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14 Jun 12. General Dynamics Land Systems has submitted its proposal for the U.S. Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) Ground Mobility Vehicle (GMV 1.1) program. The proposal was delivered to Special Operations Command headquarters in Tampa, Fla. A sample vehicle in support of the bid was delivered on May 30. The vehicle was designed and developed primarily at the General Dynamics Land Systems-Force Protection facility in Ladson, S.C. The General Dynamics Land Systems GMV 1.1 vehicle is optimized to increase operator and occupant protection and survivability. It meets the diverse and challenging missions that special operations demand, including transportability, mobility, modularity and technology. The General Dynamics Land Systems GMV 1.1 is designed for internal fixed- and rotary-wing transport with a center-mounted engine that provides optimal weight distribution on the ground and inside an aircraft. It is a mission-ready, high performance vehicle that can be driven off an aircraft ready for use. The vehicle’s modular technology is rapidly configurable for a variety of special operations missions and operating environments.
15 Jun 12. Heavy Recce replaces existing UK Recce doctrine. The UK MoD and GDUK has quietly changed UK Recce doctrine to Heavy Recce, i.e. Recce in Force using engagement with the enemy as the German Army uses. This is in preference to the original Light Recce doctrine practiced for decades by the British Army until now which requires non-engagement of enemy assets but a fast withdrawal fir which CVR(T) is amply suited and designed for. This change will no doubt allow the Armoured Corps to use their CTA canons in anger and thus will justify the large size, weight and protection levels of the Scout as they lose their Challenger 2s and thus their reason for existence! However, has GDUK walked into a trap of its own making? In the original bid the Mean Time Between Failures (MBTF) predicated by GDUK in its bid was far more than that of BAE. BATTLESPACE understands that this was a reason for BAE losing the bid as it did not want to incur the penalties such as those in the Terrier bid. But, Heavy Recce requires more protection and rumours abound that Scout is getting near the 45 tonne level with some sub-contractors being asked to supply lighter components. Heavier vehicles cause more stress on engines, drivetrains and components thus the MTBF will be very hard to achieve? Watch this space! In other news sources suggest that because of perceived export problems for Scout armed with the CTA canon that the MoD is quietly looking at an export version armed with the ATK Bushmaster 44.
31 May 12. Australia’s retrofitted M113 APCs ‘vulnerable to current threats’. Vietnam War-era M113 armoured personnel carriers (APCs) that are undergoing a AUD800 (USD784) million upgrade will remain in Australian Army service until 2030 despite their inability to support close combat operations. A report by the Australian National Audit Office (ANAO) has disclosed that the last of 431 MII3 variants, which are having their hulls extended and new equipment fitted under project Land 106, will be delivered in December 2012 after a series of technical, administrative and contractual problems. (Source: Jane’s, JDW)
13 Jun 12. Creation UK deployed Altair’s HyperWorks simulation tools for a new design of armored vehicles to improve the survivability of occupants in the event of a blast impact. “HyperWorks is my preferred application because it’s efficient, intuitive, easy to use, and offers great reporting capability,” said Louise Ashby, Chief Design Analyst, Creation UK. “We used the HyperWorks tools extensively for the development of the new Zephyr range of armored vehicles to ensure adequate strength and durability of the chassis, suspension and cab, and as